Photo of Jared Smith
Grade
52.1 ?
  • 5.08 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 115.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.39 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 302LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

Even though the Colonial Athletic Association isn’t in the Football Bowl Subdivision, NFL scouts know to hit the conference’s schools hard in their travel schedule. Three or four players from the CAA are picked every year, including guys like quarterback Joe Flacco (Delaware), running back Tim Hightower (Richmond), cornerback Derek Cox (William & Mary), offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod (Towson State), and wide receiver Marques Colston (from the now-defunct Hofstra program), among many others. Smith’s game compares favorably to Sean Lissemore, who was a seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys three years ago out of William & Mary, so it’s no surprise he’s caught the eye of scouts.



Smith grew up close to the West Virginia border, but flew under the radar enough to end up in New Hampshire. Smith played six games as a redshirt freshman in 2009 (eight tackles, three for loss, two sacks), and then worked his way into the starting lineup for five of the last six games of his sophomore year (played all 13 games, 38 tackles, 7.5 for loss, three sacks). He started all 12 games in 2011, making 43 stops, 5.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks, and blocking the second extra point of his career. Smith played in 11 games his senior year, and totaled 33 tackles (10 for loss), four sacks, and three blocked kicks, including two in a game against William & Mary.

Analysis

Strengths

Hustling five-technique prospect who spends a lot of time on the other side of the line. Continually works to the quarterback as long as the ball is in the pocket, also chases passers to the sideline if needed. Comes off the snap hard and low, usually gets his arms extended quickly to gain leverage. Can take out the shoulder of his man when playing one-gap, as well as hold his ground in two-gap alignments. Good backfield awareness, can shed to either side to attack ballcarriers coming through the hole or hustle towards the play down the line.

Weaknesses

Average athlete who lacks great closing speed to make plays in the backfield or chase down backs outside the box. Ends up leaving his feet to try to grab quicker ballcarriers. Will turn his shoulders on occasion at the line, causing him to lose ground. Doesn’t have elite bulk for an inside player, stronger linemen can control him if he doesn’t get his arms extended.

NFL Comparison

Sean Lissemore

Bottom Line

Smith's strength, hustle and still-growing frame could remind scouts enough of former CAA star and 2010 seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, Sean Lissemore, to spend a late-round pick on him.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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